NAIROBI (HAN) November 18, 2015. Public Diplomacy & regional Security. Used motor vehicles from other East African countries will not be allowed into Kenya without documented waiver from the country’s Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development.
Acting Transport secretary James Macharia maintained the eight-year maximum age rule for motor vehicle importation holds.
The law bars Kenyans from importing vehicles whose first year of registration is more than eight years. When computing duty, it is the year of first registration that is used to determine the depreciation of the motor vehicles.
“Used vehicles will not be allowed into the country without a specific documented waiver from the Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development” Mr Macharia told the National Assembly Committee on Transport.
He said until a protocol that brings the process into uniformity is signed it would be mandatory to seek and obtain the documented waiver.
“Does the absence of clear rules mean that this country will be flooded with used vehicles from Uganda and Tanzania in the long run?” posed Starehe MP Maina Kamanda who chairs the committee.
The waiver, Mr Macharia said, applies to Kenyans who have been residing in either Tanzania or Uganda during which period they acquired cars and want to return home with them. He said the condition by government is for the good of the country since currently there exists no uniform protocol on car age limits in the EAC member states.
There has been mounting concern that individuals are taking advantage of the East African integration to import used cars without adhering to the eight-year maximum age rule.
Tanzania has a maximum car age limit of 10 years while Uganda has no limits on car age.